One of the other players created this masterpiece the next morning, but it was taken down before the game that night. If I had to guess, I’d say either Felix Pie or Adam Jones was the mastermind behind this operation.
The photo I took of the body outline was tweeted on Birdland Insider. If you’re on Twitter, check out the post here!
The Orioles lost this first game of their interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Here is the box score.
This series had a lot of hype. Baseball’s best hitter, Albert Pujols, was supposed to come to town with his team for the first time in Camden Yards history. Yet an untimely injury last week left him sidelined and left spirits rather deflated around the park.
Tuesday was a strange game. A strong rainstorm came and caused a delay a few innings in. That delay only lasted about ten minutes, though, and by the time we had gotten upstairs to the office, the grounds crew had already pulled off the tarp.
I had fun shooting anyway. I got to use the 400 mm lens for a few innings, which was a nice change from the usual 300 mm I shoot with. I was also lined up perfectly for Luke Scott’s spectacular display of home run robbery in the ninth inning, which I’ll post more about soon.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: It’s much easier to shoot baseball with a 400 mm lens. There’s far less room in your frame for error. That being said, I love shooting with both.
I shot the PLAY campaign’s now annual event at Camden Yards this morning. This year, Matt Wieters came out and spoke to the kids about living an active and healthy lifestyle.
I covered this event last year as well as an intern for the Baltimore Sun. I shot, edited, and produced a video of the clinic, which you can view here. You can also read my thoughts about that day. It’s interesting how they compare to this year.
Video is a much more captivating medium for this type of event. Some of the lines these kids drop while they’re running around the field are too funny.
One of them told me he liked my tie.
The O’s took the rubber game of their interleague series against the Reds yesterday.
You never know what kind of conditions you’ll get for a day game. Yesterday, when the sun was out, shots looked blown out, and when the sun was behind the clouds, everything looked dry and flat. This inconsistent lighting called for tedious and repetitive exposure adjustments throughout the game.
Regardless, I was happy to update my portfolio with some crisp frames of the players the Orioles have acquired since I was last there.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Using the camera’s microphone while shooting to record game information accompanying important images saves considerable time and energy when captioning later on. I don’t shoot for a wire, so there’s no urgent deadline, but I’m going to start recording regardless. Should a time come when I actually need to, I’ll be ready.
Here’s an example of the type of assignments I shoot off the field. This was a table set up along Eutaw street with representatives advertising vacationing during Spring training in Sarasota, Florida.
This woman ended up throwing out the ceremonial first pitch later that afternoon.
I had to get one shot of good old Dusty Baker while he was in town.
Here he is, chewing his toothpick as usual.
Camden Yards certainly has an irreplaceable atmosphere, particularly on warm summer nights like Saturday when the ball flies of the bat. The Orioles lost in a slugfest in which every run recorded came off of a home run.
Despite the loss, it was another enjoyable game for me. I’m glad I had the opportunity to shoot on back to back nights. It’s a good way to really find your rhythm. That’s part of the beauty of the Major League Baseball schedule: during homestands, it’s a daily grind, so there’s ample opportunity to build off the previous day.
Here’s two that I thought turned out well.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” The pictures are never as good as they look on the camera screen. Don’t get too excited about what you think is a good shot until you actually see it on a real monitor.
I made that mistake with several frames from this game.
Back at it at the yard and it feels so good.
It certainly took me a few innings to get my timing and rhythm back, but like anything one does over and over again, shooting truly is like riding a bike. I felt comfortable by the third inning.
I couldn’t have asked for a better environment for my first game back. The Cincinnati Reds made their first ever visit to Camden Yards for a 1970 World Series rematch, the stadium was nearly sold out, and the Orioles won in dramatic fashion after a twelfth inning walk off home run by Derrek Lee. There were even fireworks after the game.
Be sure to keep checking in here throughout the rest of the season! I’m going to post at least one photograph from every game I shoot, and hopefully some from the other assignments I get sent on as well.
I’m also going to include a “Thing I Learned” section from each game I cover so that my skills as a shooter keep improving.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Don’t get too excited during walk off wins. It’s better to focus on one subject and get a great reaction shot rather than to try shooting everything that’s happening on the field at once.
I’m shooting my first Birds’ game of the season tonight! This is a view I’ve missed dearly.
Be sure to keep checking in for photographs from this week’s Interleague homestand!
Tonight I was invited to a dinner reception honoring the Mayor of Ashkelon, who is currently visiting Baltimore from Israel to continue growing the already strong partnership between the two cities.
It was a nice gathering that brought me right back to my time in Israel and has me thinking of my friends from Ashkelon. Benny seemed to have a warm and calming personality, which made it easy to get some cheerful portraits like this one. He also happened to choose the seat right next to me, so I enjoyed listening to his Hebrew chatter over salmon and hummus.
This dinner also reminded of my “camera as an extension of me” philosophy. It’s funny how people you haven’t seen in awhile recognize you simply because you’ve got your camera over your shoulder.
I went down to Bethany Beach last weekend with some friends. It was a relaxing weekend before starting work.
I had every intention of shooting some life in Bethany while I was there, but laziness turned out to be far more convenient. It wasn’t until the drive home that I started snapping out the window of the car.
This one turned out well. The two girls both look so disinterested.
I was recently hired as a Team Photographer for the Baltimore Orioles for the remainder of the 2011 Major League Baseball season. My responsibilities will be similar to those I had during my 2009 internship, which you can read about here. Here’s one of my favorite shots from those days.
I’m excited to once again work alongside and learn from the best professionals in the business. I’m poised to produce successful images, continue developing the photo archives, and do all I can to contribute to Baltimore Orioles productions.
I’m extremely lucky to feel so energized by the work that I do.
See you early Monday morning, Camden Yards.
Well, today was an entertaining day of “work,” by which I mean cruising through the grounds at Chestnut Ridge Country Club in a golf cart snapping team photographs of various Maryland contracting companies competing in the annual Maryland AGC Golf Tournament.
We finished shooting what we needed to quite quickly. From then on, our motivation dropped as rapidly as some of the chip shots we witnessed.
Not my best effort shooting action today. Then again, the term “action” is defined rather loosely in this case.